An Intermediate Guide to SPSS Programming: Using Syntax for Data Management introduces the major tasks of data management and presents solutions using SPSS syntax. This book fills an important gap in the education of many students and researchers, whose coursework has left them unprepared for the data management issues which confront them when they begin to do independent research. It also serves as an introduction to SPSS programming; all the basic features of SPSS syntax are illustrated, as are many intermediate and advanced topics such as using vectors and loops, reading complex data files, and using the SPSS macro language.

Using Random Processes in SPSS

This chapter discusses the use of random processes in SPSS, and the following topics:

  • The random-number seed
  • Generating random distributions
  • Selecting cases at random

SPSS has a pseudo-random number generator that allows you to generate random numbers from a specified distribution. Details about the algorithm used are available on the SPSS Web site ...

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